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Lot 30: Stone Figure of Seated Buddha Shakyamuni, Ming Dynasty
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni, seated in padmasana position on a lotus flower throne. The right arm missing, the left hand resting on the knee.
Numerous small curls with a dome-shaped ushnisha
Well-proportioned, meditative facial expression with full lips
Buddha is dressed in a richly draped robe
Later black-colored pedestal
Height without base: c. 33 cm
Good condition consistent with age
The figure is in good condition of wear consistent with age. Loss of material at the lotus throne, right arm and shoulder. Height of the figure c. 33 cm.
Buddha Shakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama)
The historical Buddha Shakyamuni ("Sage of the Shakya clan") was born as a prince in modern Nepal. At the age of 28 he decided to "went forth", that is to say leaving behind his worldly boundaries, and became a mendicant searching for insight into the way of overcoming human suffering as part of the cycle of rebirth. After his awakening under the Bodhi Tree ("Tree of Enlightement") he by preaching his First Sermon set in motion the "Wheel of Law", consisting of the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. As Buddha ("The Enlightened One") he journeyed preaching through India until his Nirvana ("Blowing out"). His teachings gave rise to the various historical schools of Buddhism.
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